Oral Hygiene’s Connection to the Lungs
Harmful bacteria live even in the most healthy mouths, but those harmful bacteria are kept in check by a healthy level of “good bacteria.” When bad bacteria numbers grow, your teeth, gums, mouth, and lungs will likely suffer. An overgrowth of bad bacteria in the mouth can cause:
- Tooth decay
- Inflamed gums
- Bleeding gums
- Unexplained cough
The migration of oral bacteria from the mouth to the lungs can also contribute to pneumonia and emphysema. Researchers have found that there’s a clear connection between dental problems and respiratory issues, so if you’ve had a cough that cannot be explained and/or has not responded to treatment, it’s time to visit your Aberdeen, North Carolina dentist, who may be able to solve your coughing problem with some general dentistry preventative treatment and exam/cleaning.